So in case you’ve been living in a vacuum, under a bridge, or just don’t follow us on social media (which is entirely your choice), you’ll have probably noticed that we turned two recently. We weren’t sure how to mark the occasion, our first birthday felt like both a huge celebration and also an immense amount of pressure on such a young business.
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival” Andre Lorde
It’s Mental Health Awareness week and it’s already been so amazing to read so many brave stories from members of our network about overcoming mental health battles on a daily basis. As part of our contribution, and to help create awareness for this important subject, we have decided to share our journey with self-care, and talk to you about our strategies when navigating difficult aspects of running your own business or being freelance.
Introducing Camille and Mags the Co-Founders of London's fitness review site Reputation.
These gals are a force to be reckoned with and have successfully navigated their career journeys from high-flying advertising creatives to business owners, with a vision to become the TripAdvisor of the fitness world. Read about how they came up with the idea, who they work with and why you shouldn't take too much on when you first start out.
You may have seen our #IWD coverage where we introduced our "The Female Focus" blog series. The aim is as part of our #PushforProgress we want to raise visibility of some of the incredible Female Founders changing the game in the world of business today.
So first off let's introduce the two female founders of The Basket Room Holly and Camilla.
These four little letters have been flooding the internet of late. Although nowhere near as good as KFC or LOL in the acronym stakes, if you run a small business, you should definitely know about them. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation … and will be soon replacing the current Data Protection Act. It affects all businesses who are either ‘controllers’ or ‘processors’ of personal data, either of their employees, customers, clients or suppliers.
"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." —Michelle Obama
We've been beating the drum about female empowerment since we set-up and will do so for as long as Mac&Moore continues to thrive.
One of the action points on the Press for Progress list, ‘forge positive visibility of women’. We’ve teamed with our very good pal Claudia at CLO PR and spoken to some incredibly talented ladies in the freelance, start-up and business world to discover exactly what the current momentum on female-focused issues means to them, and what they’ll be doing in the coming year to #PressForProgress.
As many of you will already know, it’s International Women’s Day on Thursday. We feel as though one day is simply not enough time to get all the celebrating, noise-making and general foot-stomping we need to do completed, so we’ve decided to eek it out into a whole week (who knows, we might make it the whole year). Given the momentum that the conversations around #Vote100, #MeToo and #TimesUp have driven, and the somewhat mixed feelings we’ve all had about the harrowing, but all-too-common stories that have been shared, we believe that now is the time to act.
Our favourite places from six months in this pretty little city
We can hardly believe it but our half a year in the Dutch capital is at an end, and neither of us have been hit by a bike OR fallen into a canal (although we don’t want to speak too soon, there are still a few days left!). We’ve well and truly made the most of our time here, having all sorts of adventures and getting stuck into the Amsterdam way of life, so we thought there would be no better way to say goodbye than writing a rundown of our favourite places to eat, drink and be merry for you to enjoy.
The day is here! 6th February 2018 officially marks 100 years since propertied women over 30 got the right to vote in the UK. Although there was work to be done after this day to achieve full voting equality, this was still a momentous moment for women, and a great victory for the Suffragettes who had battled for so long to secure the right to vote.
Who knows where Jess and I would be right now had these women (and men) not fought so hard for equality all those years ago? A big part of what we do involves continuing the conversation around gender injustice and highlighting the very long road we still need to travel along to achieve full equality and visibility for the big issues still affecting women today.